Baseball Walks Off Winners
April 20, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Coming off a win against Harvard yesterday afternoon, the Eagles looked to keep their winning ways going as they began a three game set with Wake Forest University this afternoon, and did so in dramatic fashion as they rallied for three runs in the ninth to earn an exciting 5-4 win at Shea Field.
BC starter Kevin Boggan would hit Dustin Hood in the top of the third inning and he would later advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Linnenkohl. With two outs in the inning, Ben Terry would homer over the right field wall to give Wake an early 2-0 lead.
Ryan Hutchinson would single to center field to start the bottom of the sixth and would advance to second on an error on the shortstop putting runners on first and second for BC. Tony Sanchez would drop a sac bunt the very next play and also reach on an error by the pitcher, loading the bases for the Eagles.
On a crazy play, Eric Campbell would hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ryan Hutchinson from third, but both Tony Sanchez and Mike Belfiore would be thrown out trying to advance on the play, giving Wake an uncommon triple play.
After a single up the middle by Dustin Hood to start the eighth, Geoff Oxley would come in to relieve Kevin Boggan who pitched seven strong innings for the Eagles, surrendering only two runs on four hits, while striking out seven. Oxley would get Linnenkohl to groundout to first base but Hood would advance to second on the play.
Oxley would pick up a big strikeout against Ben Terry and then intentionally walk Allan Dykstra to get to Michael Murray, which paid off as Murray grounded out to second.
Pete Frates would leadoff the bottom of the eighth for BC with a double to right field and advance to third the next batter on a sac bunt by Jett Ruiz. With one out in the inning, Ryan Hutchinson would ground out to third base but Frates would come in from third, tying the game at 2-2.
In the top of the ninth, Oxley would hit Andy Goff to begin the inning and Goff would advance to second on a sac bunt by Evan Ochletree. A walk to Tyler Smith would put runners on first and second and Doug Rosaia would single through the right side, scoring Goff from second. Wake would add an insurance run on a sac fly by Dustin Hood, giving them a 4-2 cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth.
BC would put the first two runners on in the bottom of the frame as both Eric Campbell and Mike Augustine would single up the middle. After a Jared McGuire strikeout, Joe Ayers would single up the middle, scoring Campbell and pulling the Eagles to within one, 4-3.
With two on and one out, Peter Frates would be hit by Ellis to load the bases and pinch hitter John Spatola would also get hit by a pitch, tying the game at 4-4. Then, with the bases loaded, Ryan Hutchinson hit a groundball to the shortstop which allowed Joe Ayers to score from third, and BC to win in dramatic fashion.
Brad Kledzik pitched 7 1/3 impressive innings for Wake Forest surrendering only one run on four hits and would receive a no decision. BC reliever James MacDonald would pick up the win, his first of the season.
The Eagles and Demon Deacons will continue their series tomorrow afternoon at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.